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Cruel & Unusual (2014)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 April 2014 (Taiwan)
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Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.


Merlin Dervisevic
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Richmond-Peck ... Edgar
Bernadette Saquibal ... Maylon
Michelle Harrison ... Doris
Monsour Cataquiz Monsour Cataquiz ... Gogan
Kyle Cassie ... Lance
Mary Black ... Facilitator
Michael Eklund ... Julien
Richard Harmon ... William
Andy Thompson ... Counselor
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Old Man
Jena Skodje ... Rebecca
Jared Ager-Foster Jared Ager-Foster ... Tyler
Fraser Kirkland Fraser Kirkland ... Ryan
Christina Jastrzembska ... Older Doris
David Milchard ... New Inmate


Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.

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Release Date:

5 April 2014 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kegyetlenül szokatlan See more »


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CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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The film seems to have two meanings to its title, cruel and unusual. The first obviously being the type of punishment each individual faces having to relive their horrible crimes everyday. But the second being the actual crimes themselves. Drowning children, mutulating and bludgening ones parents, committing suicide in front of ones own kids, all things cruel and unusual. Potentially saying the punishment matches the crime. See more »


Edgar: I've never lifted a finger against Maylon in my life.
Counselor: That won't work, you're also dead.
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References The Fifth Estate (1976) See more »


Performed by Timber Timbre
Written by Taylor Kirk (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions Inc and Gallery AC Music
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Bleak and hopeful.
26 October 2015 | by amnesia_vivaceSee all my reviews

Yeah, I know. The summary seems a bit oxymoronic, but if you've seen it, you'll know what I mean. This is a movie that gets more mileage per production dollar than 95% of what you will ever see.

Bleak almost throughout, and repetitive, but welcome to purgatory. It's totally necessary, if a bit confusing at times. I'd like to see it again, now that the premise is firmly in focus. It's a movie that is better, in some ways, the second time around.

The acting is mostly great, but the unrelenting hostility of Doris gets a bit wearing. (I have an unfortunate tendency to put "real world" values on movie characters) There isn't a bit of wasted emotion coming from her, though...it's just 'her.' Very true to the character.

There are a number of moments of doubt about some of the characters, the chief protagonists, mainly. This is all to the good, in my opinion.

I really hope the other projects involving the writer\director, Merlin Dervisevic, are as good. I'm sure going to be looking for them.

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